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...HOUSTON'S ANNUAL TOP 10 LIST...

The following is a list of Houston's Top 10 wettest, driest, warmest, and coolest years (see note below table).

Houston's Annual Lists (1889-2013)
Top 10
Wettest
72.86 1900
72.38 1919
71.18 2001
70.16 1973
68.97 1946
65.51 2007
64.96 2004
64.22 1949
63.85 1959
62.84 1923
Top 10
Driest
17.66 1917
22.93 1988
24.57 2011
27.09 1901
27.23 1951
28.08 1999
29.03 1893
29.46 1948
30.43 1967
30.59 1910
Top 10
Warmest
72.1 2012
71.9 1962
71.8 2011
71.7 1933
71.5 1965
71.5 1927
71.3 1954
71.2 1956
71.1 1950
71.1 1921
Top 10
Coolest
65.8 1976
66.5 1983
66.5 1979
66.7 1978
66.9 1891
67.1 1970
67.4 1997
67.5 1977
67.5 1903
67.5 1899

 

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The official observation site for the city of Houston was moved quite a few times during its long history. The city office was located in downtown Houston and observations began in July 1881. Regrettably, weather records prior to 1889 are not available. However, a relatively complete set of daily temperature and rainfall data is available dating back to 1892 with some temperature and rainfall records dating back to 1889. The city office remained in downtown Houston from 1881 through May 1969. Intercontinental Airport opened in June 1969 and the official observation site was moved to the airport upon its opening. The official observation site has been located at Intercontinental Airport ever since.

Although the downtown office was the official observation site for almost eighty years, the office moved quite a few times around downtown Houston. Below is a list of locations and dates of the official observation site.

  • Cotton Station (July 1881 - September 1909)
  • Stewart Building at Preston and Fannin (September 1909 - February 1926)
  • Shell Building at Texas and Fannin (March 1926 - August 1938)
  • Federal Building at Franklin and Fannin (August 1938 - May 1969)
  • Intercontinental Airport (June 1969 - Present)
Questions/Comments concerning this data should be sent to Chuck Roeseler.

 


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